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Tuesday 27 June 2017

Adams says he will 'protect' his IRA source in Stack case

Brian Stack
Brian Stack

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has said he should be allowed to protect his sources, even though there is a live garda investigation into the murder of Brian Stack.

As the controversy over an email Mr Adams sent to the Garda Commissioner continued yesterday, he said he is not willing to name the IRA figure who met Mr Stack's sons in 2013.

The man told Austin and Oliver Stack that members of the IRA killed their father in 1983, but that the attack was not sanctioned by the terror group's leadership.

Mr Adams is a trusted confident of the IRA figure and brought the Stack brothers to meet him in a blacked-out van.

"That's a matter entirely for him," said Mr Adams when asked if he would encourage this individual to hand over details of the killing to gardai.

Truth

While denying that he is withholding information in relation to a murder inquiry, Mr Adams said the man's identity would not be revealed because he gave "his word".

"This isn't about me protecting anybody by the way. It's about integrity and the possibility of getting truth and getting closure for all of those many families," he said.

However, later in the same interview on RTE Radio he contradicted this view, saying journalists are allowed to protect their sources and he wants to do likewise.

"So I will protect my sources, the same way they do," he said.

Mr Adams was also asked for more details about what 'sanctions' the IRA imposed on the killers of the prison officer, but replied that he did not know and would not try to find out.

"Why would I? I'm not an investigative agency. I have learned over the years that if you don't know, you can't tell," he said.

He accused Fianna Fail and Fine Gael of using the Stack case in an attempt to damage Sinn Fein, even claiming that they had undermined the Dail.

On RTE, Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty said Mr Adams is "making a liar out of himself". She added the Stack case "had absolutely nothing to do with the Troubles".

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